Gallery and Museum reopened its doors 10 years ago and since reopening
it has welcomed over 12.5 million visitors who come along to enjoy the
wonders it has to show.
The West Court of
Kevingrove is the home of many of Kelvingrove's most loved objects.
This includes the Mark 21 Spitfire, built in 1944, which is
suspended from the ceiling of the West Court. This innovative display
took five teams of experts to complete, now ten years later the Spitfire must
be lowered for routine safety
checks. During this time the gallery space below will be closed off to
the public, this has given Glasgow Museums the opportunity to redisplay the
gallery space and tell some new stories.
West Court Gallery - Now Open!
The West Court Gallery re-opened to the public on Saturday 2nd
April 2016. The gallery has been closed to the public since October 2015
to enable the iconic Spitfire to be lowered and safety checks to be carried
out. This created an opportunity for Glasgow Museums to redisplay the
objects and to display geographic eco-zones across the world. Six months
on, the gallery has been redesigned with additional interpretation which will
allow audiences to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of them.
The new displays
group animals, plants and some geological and world cultures objects from the
same areas of the world in distinct eco-zones, and migratory species which live
in multiple eco-zones. They tell the story of life in the Serengeti, the diversity
of the amazing animals of the Indo-Malay tropical forests and Antarctica, the
coldest place on earth.
Sir Roger and
Kelvin, the Asian elephants will return to the Life Gallery, which is one of
the most popular areas for families and children in Kelvingrove. They
will be joined by a host of exciting new animals. These include the
smallest of the big cats, a leopard, donated to the city from Glasgow Zoo, and
a wandering albatross!